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Catch Me If You Can by Frank W. Abagnale
Catch Me If You Can by Frank W. Abagnale
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A scan of a number of reviews, say that they found the beginning of the book to come off as very arrogant, etc. I definitely agree with this. It moves quickly enough to be interesting, but my first reaction was "he sure does like the sound of his voice."
But keep reading. While he never completely gets rid of that attitude, by the time you're 50 pages in, you're hooked (likely sooner) and the last 50 pages or so of the book are simply excellent. It's interesting to read the details of how he conned others, as well as his own code of ethics. Also, I'm sure many of these gaps have been filled, yet there are just newer and higher tech ways to scam people. The story about the stewardesses… Read more
Reading Lolita in Tehran: A Memoir in Books by Azar Nafisi
5.0 out of 5 stars loved this!, Nov. 9 2003
I absolutely loved this book. In the US, it's difficult to get unbiased information about daily life in Iran. This book delved into the history, and showed both the daily inequities, but also the strength and determination, of its citizens, especially the women. It reminded me that there was a time when Iranian women were on equal status with men, and the historical events that changed that, from one person's perspective. It discusses day to day life, the Iran-Iraq war, and things the women would do to rebel against their situation. These women were intelligent, educated, and had a desire to learn. The author also intersperses her historical discussions, with literary criticisms. The book… Read more
The Autobiography of Henry VIII: With Notes by His&hellip by Margaret George
4.0 out of 5 stars Good FICTION, Oct. 30 2003
I read this book, after reading Philippa Gregory's "The Other Boleyn Girl". (Excellent, BTW). This seemed like the next obvious book to read. I did enjoy it very much, with the following comments:
1. It is, after all, fiction. George does a wonderful job of drawing us in to Henry's character, yet still remaining somewhat balanced, by letting us see peeks of what others thought of Henry. Hearing his FICTIONAL perspective of events, was interesting.
2. I emphasize fiction, only because I don't like the subtitle being called an autobiography. It is not. George does a good job setting us in the time and place, describing historical events, figures, and extrapolating what may… Read more